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Thursday, April 12
1,542 Georgian citizens requested asylum in France in 2017

A total of 1,542 Georgian citizens applied for asylum in France in 2017, which is a doubled figure compared to the one from last year. The information was reported by the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA).

Georgian citizens say that basic motive for seeking asylum is their political prosecution by the ruling party Georgian Dream.

“Ethnic conflicts, activities of the occupation forces, sexual harassment, domestic violence and fear of repeated punishment in human dignity conditions are among the motives for requesting the asylum.

There have also been raised applications from businessmen who complain about criminal actions by political forces,” OFPRA report says.

Education Ministry Says changes Are Coming into Play

Deputy Minister of education and Science, Lia Gigauri says that classes will be reduced by 5 minutes for the second graders from a new academic year and students will have new, more interesting and improved curriculum.

Gigauri stated on Wednesday that the new national curriculum will be introduced from the first to 6th grades, which will include less tiring lessons.

“This year, a new national curriculum will be introduced from the first to 6th grade. It is also important that we will have renewed manuals with absolutely different methodological approach,” she said.

Gigauri says that the new curriculum will help pupils develop logical and critical thinking and there will be only a few tasks which should be learned by heart.
(By Messenger Staff)